Israel / Leadership

Israel Affinity

Hillel is the nucleus at UCLA for influencing campus climate as it relates to Israel.  More than 400 students are directly (and 350 more indirectly) engaged in programs that bring people closer to Israel through exploration of dual narrative, culture, travel, advocacy training, lobbying, language and learning.  We are the trusted source for pluralistic Israel engagement on campus, housing 35+ groups including Bruins for Israel and the Bruin Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Programs Include

Israel Learning Fellowships, celebrations on campus and at Hillel for Yom Ha’atzmaut, two Birthright trips/year, Fact Finding Journey (the interfaith leadership development trip to Israel), annual interfaith and multicultural collaborative programs to build positive attitudes toward Israel on campus,  Achy Breaky Heart (raising funds for an organization in Israel), sending the largest delegation of students to Israel’s Policy Conference, Hebrew conversational hour, advocacy training - and all programs are run in coordination with student leaders and Hillel’s full time Israel Fellow (a professional who works at Hillel via a partnership with the Jewish Agency.)


Hillel invests in the development of leaders whose skill sets can be practiced/refined on campus (often even in Student Government and in campus clubs) and applied post-graduation in one’s career and in lay leadership.  Student driven, staff supported programs maintain relevance and respond to immediate campus climate needs.

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Programs Include

Student Board, Freshman Leadership Council, Senior Seminar, students serving on Hillel’s lay Board of Directors, Engagement Interns, Leadership of micro-communities such as Bearing Witness and Social Justice efforts, skills development sessions, one-to-one mentorship (lay-leader to student, staff-to-student, peer-to-peer), Transfer Undergraduate Students at Hillel, Mr. Hillel annual student-led Purim fundraiser